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Cut Throat City – Review
Cut Throat City – Budget of $8 million – 2 hours and 12 minutes
After Hurricane Katrina, James hasn’t been able to find a job as an artist. He has an associates degree from Tulane and created a graphic novel called Cut Throat City. But a local publisher called his work derivative. After FEMA turns down his aid request, James and his three friends – Junior, Miracle, and Dre, visit James’s Cousin Bass. If there is something illegal going on in New Orleans, Bass has a hand in it. Bass gives them a job. They have to rob a local casino and give Bass the cash and chips from the robbery. James promises his friends that they will only do this job and walk away. During the robbery, Miracle, the lookout and driver, sees several uniformed officers about to enter the casino. Miracle starts shooting. As James, Dre, and Junior leave the robbery and head to the getaway car, they start shooting their guns too. They can drive away, unscathed, but the cops are in hot pursuit. After a high-speed shootout, Dre was hit and died. James spends some money on Dre’s funeral, while Miracle spent some on strippers, jewelry, and alcohol. The next morning they see Bass. Bass expects a lot of money because the newspaper says the robbers took $150,000. However, James reports they only stole $25,000, but they spent some. Bass is furious and wants his cut. Even if the paper lied, Bass suspects the men got $100,000, so Bass wants $80,000. James promises to get the money with interest, but that’s not good enough for Bass. Bass wants James to walk the plank. Knowing the dire consequences, Junior calls his dog, which attacks Bass. Bass shoots the dog and promises to kill all of them later if he doesn’t get his money. James calls his wife and tells her to leave town with their son, then goes into hiding. On the other side of New Orleans, Detective Lucinda gets a call from the Councilman. No police officers reported being in a shoot out. The cops were fake, so someone set up James and his friends. Until they know, James, Junior, and Miracle know they can’t come back to the 9th ward without Bass’s money. They only know one way to get back home: rob casinos and take the money to the Saint for safe passage.
Cut Throat City starts like a lot of heist movies; the main character is down on their luck and decides to do one crime to make things right. The lead’s long list of bad decisions has an impact on everyone in the film. As the plot becomes more complicated, it starts to lose focus. Instead of a heist movie, it becomes a movie about government and police corruption. In the end, the conclusion gives an alternate ending, but you don’t know where the fake ending started in the story. So, you will have more questions than answers. The conclusion was not fully fleshed out, so the viewer is confused about the protagonist and his friends. You are never sure if the story you saw was real or fake. Hopefully, the DVD extras will explain it all.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
What am I – Junior
Have you seen my alter – Saint
It’s my home – James
There goes the Miracle whip – Miracle
That’s what makes up Americans – Bass
A pencil can take you a lot further than a gun – Detective Lucinda
Unhinged – Review
Unhinged – Budget of $33 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes
Rachel got some bad news; her soon-to-be-ex-husband wants the house. Exhausted from a late-night, Rachel tells her lawyer, Andy, she will handle it later because she is running late to take her son, Kyle, to school and go to work. During the drive, Rachel gets a call from her client. When the client hears Rachel will be late again, the client fires Rachel over the phone. Now, Rachel is tired, stressed, late, and fired. She decides to get off the freeway and take Kyle to school using the backstreets. At the light, she sits behind a pickup truck, but the driver doesn’t move during the green light. Rachel lays on the horn, then drives around. At the next light, the pickup truck driver asks Kyle to roll down his window. He asks if Rachel knows what a courtesy honk is and why she didn’t use it. Frustrated, she tells the man he was in the wrong. The man apologizes for being upset and ignoring the light. In turn, the man wants Rachel to apologize too. She refuses to apologize. The man vows to make her see what a bad day is. Then, he starts to follow her down the street, leaving accidents and injuries in his wake. Rachel loses the deranged man and takes Kyle to school. Before she meets up with Andy, Rachel gets gas and sees the man behind her car. She alerts the gas station clerk and a good Samaritan. The Samaritan warns the man and tells him to move on, and the man hits the Samaritan and stalks Rachel on the road. He calls Rachel in the car and tells her he is going to make her pay and apologize. He stole her phone with a contact list of everyone she loves. Rachel doesn’t know the man killed his ex-wife and her new husband just hours prior. He is a monster with pure road rage, Rachel is in his crosshairs.
Unhinged is a thriller, suspense, and horror movie all rolled into one. You must be in your seat during the opening credits to see news clips of people losing it on the road. It helps drive the narrative of the road rage story. By witnessing the unhinged man kill in the beginning, it helps you understand that Rachel isn’t the driving force behind his actions. She is just the next victim of his rage. This movie uses current technology and Fort Nite to bring this tale of road rage into the 21st century. This hard-hitting movie will make you jump in your seat, shock you, and leave you with a lasting impact. See it in theaters today.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
Wow, that’s not safe – Kyle
So you think you know what a bad day is. Well, you’re gonna find out – The man
A lot of people in my life deserve an apology. You are not one of them – Rachel